First, the JM lessons: JM just got back from a week with her trainer, and it had totally given her some new insight, a bit of invigorated focus, and a pile of new exercises. We worked on about ten million 10-meter circles and changes of direction at the trot, keeping him supple and quiet through my aids, not letting him fall side to side with his hindquarters, etc. Really great lessons, but difficult to recap in any form of briefness. (As an aside, that was the last week I'll be riding that horse with regularity - I'm going to miss all my intense dressage lessoning!)
Then, Tuesday, I rode with NC. She wanted to see Kat move around the round pen untacked. So I brushed and booted her up and we headed to the round pen when NC arrived. Kat was a pill. She was hella spooky on the walk down to the arena and once in the round pen started doing this super fun thing where she crazy trots halfway around, slides to a stop, rears to spin, and then crazy trots halfway around. Wash and repeat. Eventually she gave up and started weaving like a maniac at the gate.
Great impression, mare.
|Obviously not the mare but it is a VERY dirty Tango who somehow still manages to look handsome|
|Not as dirty as Tango, but a good look at her muscling/weight. I think she looks good.|
- ask for a more forward walk
- practice trot/walk transitions more from my breath and seat
- trot around without much rein contact and let her figure herself out
- practice half-halting with my seat in the canter and stop laughing at her when she bucks
This video also includes footage from the jumping lesson, which I will recap below.
This was hands down one of the best jumping lessons I've ever had. We didn't even jump all that much, just a sort of figure eight with a centerline (I wasn't going to share my sad attempt at a diagram but then looking at it again made me laugh so what the heck)
It was amazing.
She felt so good. It's an impossible thing to adequately explain, but believe me when I say that I'm not sure I've ever had more fun just cantering around over 2' fences.
Anyhow, it was a good week for lessons.